Why should you vote no on Measure R? The Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District would like property owners to pay for another 10 years but, first of all, a no vote does not end funding from the current parcel taxes. The district will continue to have additional funding into 2015 and 2016.
Second, new state budgets and the new California Local Control Funding Formula could potentially increase money to the budget. Rapidly increasing property values will generate increased property taxes going to schools.
Third, BRSSD has a new superintendent and possibly several new board members. New blood may see things with new eyes. Give them a chance to balance the budget without asking for another decade of payments from property owners. Fourth, why does a person living alone in an 850-square-foot condo pay the same amount as a family with three kids in school living in a 3,200-square-foot home? Renters in high-density apartments don’t pay at all. Do apartment building owners pay for one parcel? High-density condo complexes bear the brunt of the costs as each owner pays $174. How is this system fair?
I question the necessity and the fairness of what seems to be a regressive tax. Let’s wait before we rubber stamp another decade of taxes. Wouldn’t you rather have your $174 back in your pocket? If not, you are welcome to donate that and more to Belmont Redwood Shores foundation, School Force.